Sunday, July 4, 2010

Charles Lockett, United States Army Veteran

Charles Lockett, US Army Veteran

Charles Lockett passed away June 28, 2010, at the age of 85, at his residence in Killeen, Texas.

Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II.  He was injured during training, and was medically discharged.  He worked for forty years in the automobile business.  Upon his retirement he was given a 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne, big block V-8 pickup, in thanks for his many years of dedicated service.

His wife of 65 years, Juanita,  passed away on October 7, 2009.  His son also predeceased him.

On Friday, July 2, 2010, Charles made his final trip in his beloved pickup.  His casket was carried in the bed of his truck from Heritage Funeral Home in Harker, Heights, Texas to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, for interment with military honors.  Leading the way were Patriot Guard Riders.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, the Riders formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter in honor of a veteran from the greatest generation.  The casket was moved from the pickup to the shelter by his grandsons and great-grandsons.

An Army honor guard provided military honors, including  the playing of taps and the folding of the American flag which covered the casket, and then presented to the family on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army.

Charles Lockett was then laid to rest on the upper plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff on the hill above.

Left to cherish his memory are two grandsons, eight great-grandchildren and many other dear friends and relatives.

With thanks to the Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information.

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